Well I just got the forums working under MySQL. I had developed them first using MS SQL then all I had to do was add the methods to the MySQL data layer. You'll notice if you login in that there is also a member list and user profile page now.
Still so much to do to reach my Nov 1 alpha release goal. Need to test and look for bugs and flesh out the documentation and test the installation scripts for both MS and MySQL databases.
I'm also thinking of dropping some of the IBuySpy legacy modules before the first release. The contacts module is pretty lame in terms of features. I'd like to add a better one later. The image module and events module are also pretty weak in my opinion because you can accomplish the same thing easily using the Html module. I think simpler is better in terms of usability and having module choices that don't bring anything really new to the table is just adding confusion for end users.
Feel free to (I mean please do!) test the site and report any bugs you find on the forum. It would be much appreciated.